Posted on 10/17/2009


As the Humane Society of the United States embraces the most notorious animal abuser of our time and fights a proposal to save San Francisco´s neediest animals, the head of HSUS is coming to the City to raise money for his Washington D.C.-based group.
The controversial head of the nation´s largest and wealthiest animal protection organization in the United States is coming to San Francisco for an October 28 “Town Hall” meeting. Wayne Pacelle, the CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, will discuss, among other things, his new spokesman: dog-killer Michael Vick, the most notorious animal abuser of our time.
Can anyone imagine the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence embracing wife killer O.J. Simpson as a spokesman? Can anyone imagine the National Organization to Prevent Sexual Abuse of Children embracing pedophile John Geoghan as a spokesman? Can anyone imagine the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network embracing rapist Josef Fritzl as a spokesman? It is unthinkable. And yet Wayne Pacelle is asking animal lovers in San Francisco to embrace our movement’s version of Simpson, Geoghan, and Fritzl as a spokesman. It is beyond obscene. It is unthinkable.
Pacelle says he will answer questions from San Francisco animal lovers about this and other topics.
I have a number of other questions for Pacelle. Why did he, through HSUS:
1. Participate in the slaughter of some 150 dogs, including puppies, in Wilkes County, NC?
2. Lobby to stop No Kill legislation in King County, WA?
3. Support breed discriminatory legislation in Indianapolis, IN that would have led to the round up and killing of Pit Bulls?
4. Tell USA Today and Newsweek that killing in shelters is acceptable and that No Kill was warehousing
5. Mislead the public about an epidemic of dog bites to convey the view that trying to save Pit Bulls was irresponsible and put children at risk?
6. Tell the court to kill Vick´s victims even as he was asking people to give HSUS money so he could “care” for them?
7. Leave New Orleans with tens of millions given to HSUS for the victims of Hurricane Katrina even while those animals were still suffering?
8. Legitimize the slaughter of virtually every animal at Tangipahoa Parish animal control?
9. Tell people not to adopt animals during the holidays, effectively accepting the deaths of 1,000,000 animals as the alternative?
10. Tell the Randolph, IA community that HSUS does not have a problem killing stray cats?
11. Claim that rescued dogs in Missouri should face a “pretty certain death”?
And especially important for San Francisco animal lovers, why is he opposing a No Kill San Francisco? Pacelle recently sent a letter to San Francisco´s Animal Control & Welfare Commission equating No Kill with hoarding and opposing shelter reform legislation that would save San Francisco´s neediest homeless animals.
Unfortunately, Pacelle has long been an apologist and enabler of shelter killing.
In the end, the real reason behind the “Town Hall meeting” might just have nothing to do with animals. This “town hall” format is often little more than a fundraising ploy which has been successfully used by other organizations to sap money from local donors and thus away from local rescue groups, and into the bank accounts of national organizations. And for HSUS, money doesn´t appear to be a means to the end of saving animals. It is the end in and of itself, the animals be damned.
For further reading:
In Bed with Monsters
It´s Déjà Vu All Over Again
Wayne Pacelle Under Siege
HSUS Defends Wilkes County Massacre
The Death of Hope at HSUS
HSUS: Abused Dogs Should Face “Pretty Certain” Death

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